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Quick Hits: The Trading Down Edition

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In Red Wings Land

Red Wings willing to trade No. 6 pick in NHL Draft: report |

“I’ve started to talk to some teams about a lot,” Holland said. “As you work your way toward Dallas at the draft, draft movement possibilities, I think at this stage in the game, everybody is kicking tires as to what might be out there.”

Detroit is looking for a defenseman or a center, The Athletic said. Some of the players who could be available in the 6-10 range, according to the mock draft, are defensemen Adam Boqvist, Evan Bouchard, Noah Dobson and Quintin Hughes, and centers Barrett Hayton and Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

The other day Khan(!) mentions Kotkaniemi as a player the Red Wings are possibly targeting. Now, there’s a report saying that Ken Holland would trade down? Where there’s smoke there’s fire, right? Time to pre-order your #31 Kotkaniemi jersey.

Around the League

Boss of the Year? Capitals owner Ted Leonsis pays for 200 employees to go to Stanley Cup Final games | ESPN

That’s cool.